1.01 Accessibility of Licensed Child Care Spaces1,2
How easy or difficult it is for parents to find appropriate childcare depends upon the availability of care near where they live. This ranges from significant difficulty finding appropriate care (undesirable as there may be lengthy waiting times to find a space), usually because spaces are full, to spaces are generally available (though there may be some difficulty finding care in specific locations).
The accessibility of appropriate childcare for infant/toddler and age 3 – 5 is illustrated on the maps below. The shading on the map indicates the degree of difficulty, on average, parents experience in finding childcare in their Local Service Area. Generally, the more difficulty parents experience the longer it takes to find an appropriate space. Through new childcare improvements, Government is aiming to improve accessibility to childcare.